Since the Dolphins drafted Minkah Fitzpatrick back in April, everyone has been curious as to just how the number one pick out of Alabama’s defensive backfield would be used in Miami.
And while you can’t judge everything off of preseason, primarily because teams often are disguising what they really intend to do, there is already some indication on utilization of Fitzpatrick.
On a Thursday YouTube segment Pro Football Focus broke down of several different rookies so far this season including Fitzpatrick. They start discussing him around the 6:45 mark:
Most interestingly out of what they did is a breakdown of where Fitzpatrick lined up. Not surprisingly, most of the time (23 snaps) he was being used in the slot to cover inside receivers or tight ends in the first two games with the Bucs and the Panthers.
Fitzpatrick has made no secret since the time he was drafted, that the Dolphins had told him he was not a specific defensive backfield position, but rather “a football player.”
And without a doubt, having players like DB’s Bobby McCain and Tony Lippett as veterans gives defensive coordinator Matt Burke options on where to move Fitzpatrick around. As PFF points out, he’s also played the free safety position, roaming around for 11 plays in the first two games of the preseason.
And also, there is something to be said that the winning atmosphere that Fitzpatrick comes out of in Tuscaloosa is only going to help with his confidence and attitude as this 2018 season begins. After all, Fitzpatrick played in the College Football Playoff Championship Game in each of the last three seasons-winning twice.
That will give you confidence. No matter where you line up.